Delete Rivd ransomware
Rivd ransomware is the most recent file-encrypting malware to come from the Djvu/STOP ransomware family. It’s practically identical to the majority of other versions because they’re released by the same people. The cyber gang has released hundreds of ransomware, and they’re all distinguishable by the extensions they add to encrypted files. This version adds .rivd, hence why it’s known as Rivd ransomware. Unfortunately, you cannot currently decrypt files for free.
Since they all come from the same ransomware family, Rivd ransomware is identical to Rugj, Maql, Zaps, and Nqsq. Rivd is a very typical ransomware, it encrypts personal files (images, photos, videos, documents, etc.), and demands payment for their decryption. It adds .rivd to encrypted files so you will know which of your files have been affected. For example, image.jpg would become image.jpg.rivd. You will not be able to open any of these files unless you first use a decryptor on them. However, the cybercriminals operating this ransomware are the only ones who have a decryptor that works. And, unfortunately, they’re not just going to give it to you for free.
The ransomware will show a fake Windows update window while it’s encrypting files. As soon as it’s done, you will notice _readme.txt ransom notes in all folders containing encrypted files. The note is identical to the one dropped by other versions of this ransomware. It will contain the usual information about file encryption and offer a decryptor for $980. For users who contact the cybercriminals operating this ransomware within the first 72 hours, there will supposedly be a 50% discount. Whether you pay the ransom is your decision because, in the end, it’s your files and your money. However, you need to be aware of the risks involved in paying the ransom. In particular, we should warn you that paying will not necessarily lead to a decryptor. Keep in mind that these cybercriminals are not obligated to help you, and there are no guarantees that they will. It’s very much possible that they will just take your money as they have done in the past many times with other victims. Furthermore, users paying the ransom is why ransomware is as big as it is. It would be much less profitable for cybercrooks if users developed a habit of regularly backing up files.
If you have a file backup, there should be no issue with recovering files. However, before you access it, make sure to delete Rivd ransomware from the computer completely. Otherwise, your backed-up files would become encrypted as well. Do not attempt to remove Rivd ransomware manually and instead, use anti-malware software. Once the malware is gone, you can safely access your backup. If you don’t have a backup, your options are quite limited. The only thing you can do is back up encrypted files and wait for a free decryptor to become available. At the moment, there is no free decryptor that works for Rivd ransomware. There is a free Djvu/STOP decryptor developed by Emisosft but it will only decrypt files encrypted with offline keys. Djvu versions released after 2019 usually use online keys to encrypt files, meaning keys are unique to each user. Without those keys, it’s not possible to develop a working decryptor. But it’s not impossible for the keys to be released by the cybercriminals themselves or for law enforcement to do it if they eventually catch those responsible. In the meantime, just back up encrypted files and check NoMoreRansom for a decryptor from time to time.
How is ransomware distributed?
If your files are currently encrypted with ransomware, you likely need to change your browsing habits. In particular, you need to be very careful when opening email attachments, especially from unknown senders. We also discourage pirating, as torrent sites are often full of malware.
In most cases, users infect their computers with ransomware after opening malicious email attachments. Oftentimes, the attachments come added to emails that are made to look like they’re coming from legitimate senders. Though often, the emails are made very poorly and are quite obvious. Senders often claim to be from a parcel delivery service, a government agency, a tax agency, etc. The subject is often money because that makes users react the quickest. However, the emails are usually full of grammar and spelling mistakes, which immediately gives them away. Whether it’s done purposely or not, emails carrying malware are always full of mistakes. Another quite obvious sign is generic terms like “User”, “Customer”, and “Member” used to address you instead of your name. If the sender claims that you use their services, they will use your name. Otherwise, it would look unprofessional. While most malicious emails will be quite generic and obvious, they can be more sophisticated when targeting someone specific. Thus, it’s recommended to always scan email attachments with anti-virus software or VirusTotal before opening them.
If you use torrents to download copyrighted content for free, you’re not only stealing content but also putting your computer and your data in jeopardy. Torrent sites are often badly moderated, and malicious actors take full advantage of that by uploading malicious content disguised as torrents for popular movies, video games, TV series, software, etc.
Rivd ransomware removal
Because ransomware is a much more advanced infection, it’s not recommended to try to remove Rivd ransomware manually. You could end up causing more damage or the ransomware may not be fully removed. If you connect to your backup while the ransomware is still present, your backed-up files would become encrypted as well. It’s highly recommended to delete Rivd ransomware using anti-malware software. Only when you are completely sure the ransomware is no longer present should you access your backup.
In case you do not have a backup, we recommend backing up encrypted files and waiting for a free decryptor. However, it should be mentioned that there are a lot of fake decryptors advertised on questionable websites. If you cannot find a decryptor on a legitimate source like NoMoreRansom, the decryptors posted on random forums will not be legitimate.
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